Arizona's 8th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Arizona's 8th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 26, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Trent Franks Republican Party
Trent Franks.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid R[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]

Arizona U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 8th congressional district of Arizona will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Arizona is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. The primary is considered semi-closed. Unaffiliated voters may choose which party's primary they will vote in, but voters registered with a party can only vote in that party's primary.[3][4][5]

Heading into the election the incumbent is Trent Franks (R), who was first elected in 2002.

The 8th District is one of five primarily urban districts centered around Phoenix, Arizona.[6]


Note: Prior to the signature filing deadline, candidates will be added when Ballotpedia writers come across declared candidates. If you see a name of a candidate who is missing, please email us and we will add that name. As the election draws closer, more information will be added to this page.

Republican Party Trent Franks - Incumbent
Republican Party Clair Van Steenwyk


Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[7] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[8] Trent Franks voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[9]

Voted "No" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[10] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Trent Franks voted against HR 2775.[11]

Campaign contributions

Trent Franks

Trent Franks (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[12]April 15, 2013$-4,450.06$40,525.00$(33,226.94)$2,848.00
July Quarterly[13]July 15, 2013$2,848.00$24,726.80$(18,078.12)$9,496.68
October Quarterly[14]October 15, 2013$9,496.68$29,452.05$(28,056.61)$10,892.12
Year-End[15]January 24, 2014$10,892$49,415$(25,961)$34,345
April Quarterly[16]April 14, 2014$34,345$50,197$(53,958)$30,584
July Quarterly[17]July 15, 2014$30,584$43,429$(59,151)$14,861
Running totals

District history


On November 6, 2012, Trent Franks (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Gene Scharer (D) and Stephen Dolgos (Americans Elect) in the general election.

U.S. House, Arizona District 8 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTrent Franks Incumbent 63.3% 172,809
     Democratic Gene Scharer 35.1% 95,635
     Libertarian Stephen Dolgos 1.6% 4,347
Total Votes 272,791
Source: Arizona Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2012 (special)

The 8th congressional district of Arizona held a special election for the U.S. House of Representatives on June 12, 2012. The election was to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D). The general election was held on June 12, 2012, following a primary on April 17th. Ron Barber (D) won the general election to replace Giffords.[18]


On November 2, 2010, Gabrielle Giffords won re-election to the United States House. She defeated Jesse Kelly and Steven Stoltz in the general election.[19]

This is the 8th congressional district prior to the 2010 redistricting.
U.S. House, Arizona District 8 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGabrielle Giffords Incumbent 48.8% 138,280
     Republican Jesse Kelly 47.3% 134,124
     Libertarian Steven Stoltz 3.9% 11,174
Total Votes 283,578

See also

External links


  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 HOUSE RACE RATINGS FOR June 26, 2014," accessed July 28, 2014
  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed July 28, 2014
  3. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  4. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  5. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  6. Arizona Redistricting "Map" accessed July 7, 2012
  7. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  8. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  9. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  10. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  11. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  12. Federal Election Commission, "Trent Franks April Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Trent Franks July Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Trent Franks October Quarterly," accessed October 21, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Trent Franks Year-End," accessed February 4, 2014
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Trent Franks April Quarterly," accessed April 20, 2014
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Trent Franks July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2014
  18. Washington Post "Ariz. governor sets dates for primary, general special elections to pick Giffords replacement," January 27, 2012
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"